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Mar 26, 2020

Almosts run together ALONE


With races, events and club runs all cancelled in response to the spread of COVID-19, Almost Athletes turned their attention to running ‘together’ alone.

Many club members ran a solo 5K ‘not parkrun’. Dave Nelson ran the inaugural ‘Meteor notparkrun’ from Churchdown to Gloucestershire Airport, finishing first overall while also volunteering as tailwalker! Hamish Adamson went on a reflective run in the rain to site of King George V playing Fields parkrun.

Ashley Stevens ran a 5k PB of 20.23, edging closer to his target of a sub 20 minutes, and also took on the toilet paper keepie uppie challenge.

Club members found some creative ways of giving their running some focus. Lisa King, Claire Hawes, Kev Fairs, Mike Line and Mark Stojanov went in search of postboxes.

Adrian Courtenay reached St James' Park in the Hadrian's Wall 90 mile virtual challenge. Sue Monaghan ran ‘not the pendock spring chicken run’, while others turned to creating GPS art. Helen Fursman created a rabbit with her 13 mile trail run, while Jason Hulance ran 8km in the shape of a leg and also created an impressive 7km angel keeping watch over Battledown.

The weekly Club pub2pub run became a 5 mile virtual 'notpub2pub run'. Sixteen club members ran from various locations, including Sue Monaghan, Hannah Brown and Nat Stow. Jeanette Gullick and Peter Mitchener both did a 'Wednesday night not club run' without groups to lead.

Some took selfies in club kit to motivate each other. Vicky Earls worked out in purple, Karen Gomm did yoga, Penny Lewis ran 5k, Andrew Wilkinson ran in the Forest of Dean and Melvyn Harris hopped on the treadmill.

Other Almosts challenged themselves with running in search of sought after supplies. Helena Youde and Ingrid Harris ran for toilet paper, Rob Cleaver ran for paracetamol, and Kev Fairs ran 5 miles to deliver supplies to a self isolating colleague.

Mariel Chretien went on a 9.5 mile mystery tour to Devil's Chimney and spotted Catherine Mason. Jackie Slaughter ran 11 miles around Bishops Cleeve and Woodmancote, spotting Sheila 'Zippy' Chatterley on her travels. Michelle Balchin ran to Pittville Park and was sad to spot a lot of people still gathering there! Olga Goffin enjoyed a 4.8 mile run in the sunshine and had a 'lucky' encounter with a bird.

Daniel Magovern ran 7 miles, and there were two runs for Mark Stojanov. Jess Hull headed for the countryside as she ran up Bredon Hill. The thought of running solo did not stop Kerry Knowles, who completed her first 5k since giving birth.

Almost Athletes were also pleased to donate £1000 from race proceeds to Maggies Centre, and also made donations to Gloucestershire Young Carers, and to Old Patesians RFC who are fundraising towards a new defibrillator.

 

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With races, events and club runs all cancelled in response to the spread of COVID-19, Almost Athletes turned their attention to running ‘together’ alone.

Many club members ran a solo 5K ‘not parkrun’. Dave Nelson ran the inaugural ‘Meteor notparkrun’ from Churchdown to Gloucestershire Airport, finishing first overall while also volunteering as tailwalker! Hamish Adamson went on a reflective run in the rain to site of King George V playing Fields parkrun.

Ashley Stevens ran a 5k PB of 20.23, edging closer to his target of a sub 20 minutes, and also took on the toilet paper keepie uppie challenge.

Club members found some creative ways of giving their running some focus. Lisa King, Claire Hawes, Kev Fairs, Mike Line and Mark Stojanov went in search of postboxes.

Adrian Courtenay reached St James' Park in the Hadrian's Wall 90 mile virtual challenge. Sue Monaghan ran ‘not the pendock spring chicken run’, while others turned to creating GPS art. Helen Fursman created a rabbit with her 13 mile trail run, while Jason Hulance ran 8km in the shape of a leg and also created an impressive 7km angel keeping watch over Battledown.

The weekly Club pub2pub run became a 5 mile virtual 'notpub2pub run'. Sixteen club members ran from various locations, including Sue Monaghan, Hannah Brown and Nat Stow. Jeanette Gullick and Peter Mitchener both did a 'Wednesday night not club run' without groups to lead.

Some took selfies in club kit to motivate each other. Vicky Earls worked out in purple, Karen Gomm did yoga, Penny Lewis ran 5k, Andrew Wilkinson ran in the Forest of Dean and Melvyn Harris hopped on the treadmill.

Other Almosts challenged themselves with running in search of sought after supplies. Helena Youde and Ingrid Harris ran for toilet paper, Rob Cleaver ran for paracetamol, and Kev Fairs ran 5 miles to deliver supplies to a self isolating colleague.

Mariel Chretien went on a 9.5 mile mystery tour to Devil's Chimney and spotted Catherine Mason. Jackie Slaughter ran 11 miles around Bishops Cleeve and Woodmancote, spotting Sheila 'Zippy' Chatterley on her travels. Michelle Balchin ran to Pittville Park and was sad to spot a lot of people still gathering there! Olga Goffin enjoyed a 4.8 mile run in the sunshine and had a 'lucky' encounter with a bird.

Daniel Magovern ran 7 miles, and there were two runs for Mark Stojanov. Jess Hull headed for the countryside as she ran up Bredon Hill. The thought of running solo did not stop Kerry Knowles, who completed her first 5k since giving birth.

Almost Athletes were also pleased to donate £1000 from race proceeds to Maggies Centre, and also made donations to Gloucestershire Young Carers, and to Old Patesians RFC who are fundraising towards a new defibrillator.